Contact Madison Bailey FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone 302-502-2331 July 28, 2017
Do you have a great idea for a book? Do you have home building industry experience you want to share? Is there a topic you are interested in, but can’t find any resources on it?
BuilderBooks wants to hear from you.
BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of NAHB, is always on the lookout for new authors and new topics. NAHB members are our best resource for industry experience and current trends.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will allow an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary worker visas to be issued during this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.
The H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers for seasonal, non-agricultural positions. In past years, roughly half of the visas have gone to landscaping businesses.
The department announced it will publish a rule in the Federal Register this Wednesday to authorize the expansion and spell out related requirements. Employers are expected to be able to apply for the additional visas once the rule has been published.
Companies seeking to use the program will face increased scrutiny in their petitions for workers. Employer applicants must already hold a temporary labor certification (TLC) from the Department of Labor and will be required to attest that their business will likely suffer “irreparable harm” if they do not have access to additional workers.
Many employers that have relied on H-2B workers for peak or seasonal business needs when local labor isn’t available – including those in the construction sector – were shut out from the program when the cap of 66,000 visas was reached extremely early this year in March.
NAHB continues to press Congress and the Department of Homeland Security for expansion of the program – including reinstatement of an expired provision that would exempt workers from being counted towards the annual cap if they came into the US on an H-2B visa in any of three prior years– so that more companies in the construction sector will be able to access temporary labor.
For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.
You know you’re a really good builder. Your clients know you’re a really good builder. But wouldn’t it be better if your entire market knew?
You can do that by applying for the NAHB Best of 55+ Housing Awards.
That’s what ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho does. A few years back, marketing director Sharon Cunningham and her husband, company president Dennis Cunningham, began entering their best work into regional and national awards competitions.
Every time they won an award — Gold Nuggets at PCBC, Gold and Silver winners from NAHB’s Best of 55+ Housing Awards, an Idaho Grow Smart award — Sharon would write a press release that went to local media and past clients. Then she posted it to the company’s social media pages and to the EnergyStar and U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes websites, because the winners were certified to those programs.
“Anyone can say they’re doing a good job,” she said, “but if an independent third party says so, that lets people know that others see the quality of your work as well.”
They also publicize their awards on a large poster at their booth at the twice-a-year local home shows. They include mention of their awards in their newspaper ads, and the actual awards are displayed in the award-winning communities’ model homes.
It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it — it turns the awards into an auxiliary sales force. The result is clear when Sharon answers the phone and hears the caller ask, “Are you that award-winning builder?”
When Dennis became chairman of the 55+ Housing Industry Council this year, Sharon announced it to her press release list, even though it wasn’t an award. But Dennis started hearing comments from clients, who said, “I see you won another award!”
Building award-winning projects is a great accomplishment, but using them to build a reputation is priceless.
Dear Town of Slaughter Beach Stakeholders and Neighbors,
Starting in the spring of 2016, the DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs office began working with the Town of Slaughter Beach to carry out a comprehensive assessment of risks to the community from coastal and climate hazards. This project was part of the Delaware Coastal Programs’ Resilient Community Partnership, which leveraged federal funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help Delaware communities improve their planning and preparation capabilities for responding to coastal hazards.
Potential risks to the Town of Slaughter Beach, including wildfires and temperature changes due to climate change were examined, and this assessment informed the development of adaptation and mitigation measures to enhance the Town’s resiliency, or ability to withstand and bounce back from natural hazards. Public and stakeholder participation is an extremely important to this project, and through previous workshops, focus groups, and community-wide surveys, residents and stakeholders had the opportunity to contribute input and brainstorm strategies for addressing these risks.
As a part of our continuing outreach efforts, our project team would like to invite you to attend the upcoming Resilient Community Day public workshop on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Slaughter Beach Fire Hall to learn how the project is improving the community’s capacity to plan for and recover from hazardous events.
At the workshop we will:
Presentations will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and a buffet lunch will be provided following the information session.
Prior registration for the event is not required, however please let us know if you will not be able to attend, but have questions about the project or would like to share feedback.
For more information, please visit: http://de.gov/resilientcommunity
The Resilient Community Day proceedings and the final project report will be available via the link above following the workshop.
Thank you for your interest in the project and we hope to see you at the Slaughter Beach Resilient Community Day event on July 22nd!
HBADE members are you interested in participating in a DuPont Building Envelope interview next week? This is not a sales pitch but rather a project called the Learning Machine, where DuPont will be holding brief interviews with 100+ people in the home building industry to discover trends, unmet needs, and opportunities for future innovation within it, related to home building and the building envelope. They are going to be interviewing in the Wilmington area next week, if you are interested in learning more and participating in a short interview (~30 min), please contact Mike Dubnansky – Mike.Dubnansky@usa.dupont.com – Mike can be reached at 302-999-5817 or cell 484-354-8286; or John Bordonaro John.Bordonaro@dupont.com The interview will be seeking a high level perspective on the industry, not specific to DuPont’s current product offering, and the goal of this project is to learn from these interviewees, not sell them product. Thanks in advance!
HBADE members: Please click here for our recap from the just concluded legislative session. While we had some big wins (including defeating the State attempt to eliminate allowing taxpayers to itemize all deductions), the increased transfer tax is a loss to affordable homeownership and our industry (this is House Bill 279). As we previously said, this was put together at the last minute on July 1st and really was a blindside to us. The new tax in the bill does not take effect until August 1, 2017, so contracts entered into before that date are not impacted (this is a generalization, you should read the bill, lines 30-32 for the exact language).
Please click here for a link to the bill on the State website. Besides seeing the text of the bill, you can also view the roll call results of which legislators voted to support this bill.